Monday, 14 March 2016

Ten Pick-Me-Ups For a Bad Day


Sometimes we just need a pick-me-up, whether it's on a Monday morning or mid-week blues, it happens to all of us. I know when I'm having a down day, I fall into the habit of lying down with my laptop by my side binge watching Netflix and eating junk food... and I'm sure, I'm not alone (at least, I hope so). However, even though it's OK to have those binge-watch Netflix days, there are other pick me ups which I've discovered recently which seriously help. So, without further ado, here they are:

1. Tidy up
I find tidying to be one of the most therapeutic tasks and once I've started, I instantly feel a lot more energized by actively watching my progress. Try playing some upbeat songs as you clear your space to keep you moving. What's more, once you're done tidying you're likely to feel a lot more productive because your surroundings will be clean and organised. 

2. Write.
I keep a journal where I can write out how I feel. It's a great way to let off some steam in a quite and calm way, and cleanse your thoughts. If you're not a fan of writing, perhaps keep a colouring book at hand. It's thought to be very therapeutic and seeing lots of colours on the page can be extremely uplifting.

3. Bake.
Baking (or cooking if you're more a chef than a baker) can be a wonderful way to be creative and pick up your mood. What makes it more fun is trying something completely new, or perhaps baking with friends and family if that floats your boat. There are some amazing recipes all over the internet, and some amazing baking books available on Kindle. One of my favourites is making brownies - this is a recipe I made a few weeks ago!

4. Pin.
Pinterest is the best site for some motivation. Whether it's quotes, plans, tips... you can find everything on there to help organize and redirect your energy on your goals. When you find something which inspires you, set it as your desktop background or print it out and stick it up somewhere you can see it every day to keep you driven. Side note: if you want to follow me on Pinterest, here's my link.

5. Shop.
I love online shopping, namely, ASOS. It can be very dangerous for my wallet but a true mood lifter for when I'm not having the best day. Sometimes, just browsing through the new season trends and not even buying anything can do the trick. Or, if I have time, walking into town and finding even just one wardrobe piece I love can be the best pick-me-up which lasts for the rest of the week.

6. Walk.
Getting fresh air when you're feeling down is one of the best remedies. A change of scenery and escape from your regular surroundings can reinvigorate you, whilst also giving you time to clear your head and press reset. Just a walk to the local cafe to pick up a skinny latte does the trick for me.

7. Hydrate.
Feeling dehydrated can often be the cause of a low mood. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and sip regularly. You should consume between 2-3 ltrs a day. Or if you have time, try out my green juice recipe for glowing skin. It's a wonderful way to boost your mood and give you lots of energy and it's really quick to make. 

8. Pamper.
A LUSH filled bubble bath, or freshly painted nails can be the perfect way to pick up your mood. It's super relaxing, and a great way to put some me-time into your day. I think a lot of people can feel guilty about taking a whole evening off just for themselves, but it's not selfish at all! Think of it as an evening to recharge your batteries so you feel extra productive for the rest of the week.

9. Lippy.
I love experimenting with new makeup but sometimes the old classics are the ones which save the day. Just putting on  your favourite lipstick and some mascara can be the perfect pick me up and confidence boost you need to get through the rest of the day.

10. Netflix.
Sometimes, Netflix can just save the day. Cosying up on the sofa watching a show you truly love with some Dominos can cure your mood like nothing else. If you're looking for some new shows recommendations, have a look at my Netflix Night In post where I've shared some of my favourite shows available on UK Netflix. If you'd like a similar post with film recommendations, let me know!

 What are your favourite tips for a bad day?
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